Posts tagged #Winter Beauty

Winter Detox: When It's Time to Take a Beauty Breather


Last Winter I had a scary realization -- I hadn't had nail polish free toes for any length of time in the last five+ years. Megan and I have blogged a bit about natural or healthier options for manicure and pedicures in the past, but any sustained use simply isn't the best option.

This past Spring the buffed manicure was a popular look on runways and we are hoping it will return in 2018. In the meantime, this winter we are both giving our nails a breather and sporting the "natural" mani/pedi look. 

Perhaps it's our commitment to living a simpler 2018, but recharging our beauty routines and refining things feels liberating. How can you reset for the next month or two and focus on taking care of your deeper health? Read on for a few tips to help you jumpstart a minimal beauty routine.

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Healthy Nails Need Nourishment


Dry winter weather can strip your skin, hair, and nails from their natural moisture leading to breakage. To keep your nails looking their best sans-polish here are a few tips:

  • Consider starting with a "Princess" Mani/Pedi. This service is just like a normal mani/pedi but nails are buffed without polish. It can be a great way to kick off a clean look
  • Always have your favorite water bottle full and ready to re-hydrate
  • Consider taking Vitamin D & Biotin supplements
  • Re-Moisturize hands and nail beds for conditioning after showering and at bedtime
  • Limited prolonged hot water exposure (aka get ready to sport some cute dish gloves)
  • Keep nails trimmed or filed to a short length to avoid breakage or ripping

Baby Your Feet

Chances are someone you know has mentioned Baby Foot to you. It is a foot peeling mask made with botanicals and natural ingredients. You soak your feet for 15 minutes. After one week, the skin on your feet begins to peel, getting rid of calluses and dead skin. If you are planning to let your toes "breathe" over winter and go sans polish, you may want to treat your feet to a little pampering too. Buyer be warned: you will want to wear socks and keep your feet hidden for at least a week while the peeling process takes place!

If You Must Polish, Go Non-Toxic

If keeping your nails polish-free isn't an option, we recommend that you opt for non-toxic nail polish that doesn't contain the harsh chemicals that are in conventional polishes. Non-toxic polishes are made without formaldehyde, formaldehye resin, camphor, toluene, and dibutyl (yes, these all live in regular polishes). While they do come with a slightly higher price tag, the benefits are well worth the extra money. 

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Posted on January 18, 2018 and filed under Beauty & Wellness.

Winter Hair: Tips for All Weather Style and No Fuss Products

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Every season, the environment has a special set of considerations to offer up to our beauty routines. This winter has been especially dry- has anyone else been the victim of static cling? And most recently our rainstorms have added a heavy dose of humidity back to the scene.

Wondering how to manage your mane and keep fresh looking regardless of what Mother Nature throws at you? At Canvas we have been prepping for a winter hair blog for weeks to try out a list of products to help you stay on your style game.

Smoothing the Static Cling

For the month of December, Kimberly was ELECTRIC! Perhaps her positive negative ions were misfiring, but every day she popped on a cozy chunky sweater over her freshly dried locks...sparks!! If you are in a pinch and need to combat static cling quickly, pull out a used dryer sheet from your laundry room and lightly wipe the charged offender. This concept also works for hair brushes. Alternatively, spray static guard on your daily hair brush, let it dry and begin again.

When all else fails, tie your hair up in a top knot bun or smooth it back in a sporty pony tail. If you have thicker hair, we recommend L. Erickson or Scunci No Damage Elastic Ties

Frizz Free Rainy Days

After this week's storms, we have traded in static for frizz. After trying a zillion different products, we both are total loyalists to Verb's Ghost Oil. Megan has very thin hair, but a lot of it with a slight natural curl. To keep her locks smooth all day, she applies a few drops of the Ghost Oil. And on rainy days when there is pretty much no point in pulling the blowdryer out, she combs in Bb "Don't Blow It" (H)air Styler for a naturally dried look (minus the frizz) that loos like she put in the effort.

Embrace Messy Hair

Have you ever woken up in the morning, looked in the mirror and thought "Wow, my hair looks kind of good right now."? Yup, we have too. Sometimes it is fun to forego a sleek style for perfectly messed hair. Kimberly uses IGK's Beach Party spray to add texture and lift at her roots. It is also a great product to use in between shampoos to absorb excess oil. Plus, the smell will make you feel like you are actually on the beach!


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Posted on January 9, 2018 and filed under Beauty & Wellness.

Winter Sunscreen: Are You Really Covered?

It seems like a no brainier to the fairer bunch: broad spectrum sunscreen should be part of everyone's daily routine. However, during my yearly dermatologist appointment I learned that many women are prone to developing skin cancer on their legs. Guiltily, this is one place I skimp on (it's the one place I do tan)! 

My doctor walked me through areas that women may miss for everyday coverage-- the "French" face which includes your neck and décolletage, your calves, ankles and back of your hands. For ladies/gents with shorter haircuts, don't miss your ears and back of your neck. It started me thinking about the larger fashion trends that are now SF staples year round--ankle length pants, boyfriend jeans, scoop necks and the hot plunging neckline.

So what brands should you be using for body coverage that won't leave you smelling like the beach in February? Below is a list of brands Megan and I use--as always consult your dermatologist about the brands that are the best for your unique skin.

1. Dermalogica Pure Light SPF50- this medium weight moisturizer is great for brightening and evening skin tone.

2. Rodan + Fields Reverse- Megan's personal favorite, she wears it everyday to to protect her skin while diminishing damage already done by the sun.

3. Aveeno Protect + Hydrate- created for the face and body, this powerhouse hydrates the skin while protecting from the sun. 

4. EltaMD UV Clear SPF46- My favorite, this lightweight oil-free sunscreen is great for sensitive and acne-prone skin.

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